AG Strange recuses self from Riley PAC probe

Attorney General Luther Strange
Attorney General Luther Strange

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is recusing himself from a possible investigation of a political action committee (PAC) formed by former Governor Bob Riley, following a request by the Alabama Democratic Party.

On Monday the Alabama Democratic Party asked Strange to recuse himself from the investigation. Strange said he was recusing himself for unspecified, "various reasons".

Strange requested Brooks' deal with the issue, as it was filed in her jurisdiction.

[Read Strange's Recusal Letter (.pdf)]

The Democratic Party sent a complaint letter last week to Strange and Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks regarding $50,000 moved from a state PAC run by the Republican State Leadership Committee to Alabama 2014, a PAC chaired by Riley.

The transfer took place on March 15, about three months after Riley signed a bill that effectively banned PAC to PAC transfers.

The RSLC and Alabama 2014 treasurer Jessica Taylor said the money was "mistakenly received" and was returned on June 24.

Democrats are calling for Governor Robert Bentley to appoint an independent investigator to the case.

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